Michael Cuddyer is a great guy and was a terrific player. Great with the media and fans doing tricks with kids on Citi Vision. But no longer great at the plate and in the outfield.
On November 10, 2014, the Mets signed the longtime pal of Mets captain David Wright. Their friendship was the major reason why Cuddyer came to New York, not the money. Yeah right!
Cuddyer, who played just one season with the Mets, wrote about his love and passion for the game, but mentioned how he has been plagued by injuries in recent years. Cuddyer maxed at 130 games in his past four seasons, and said he landed on the disabled list six times.
“I pushed through it,” Cuddyer wrote. “Mentally, I was able to overcome it for a long time, but the physical and emotional taxation took its toll.”
Cuddyer hit .259 and contributed 10 homers and 41 RBI in 117 games during an injury-interrupted year with the Mets in 2015. He lost his starting position to touted prospect, Michael Conforto.
Cuddyer spent time on the disabled list with a left knee injury, and essentially only started against lefties once Conforto became the everyday starter. He made his first World Series appearance this fall, striking out in all three of his at-bats with memorable misplay in Dodger Stadium outfield.
Cuddyer turned 37 in March. He would leave with one season left on a two-year, $21 million contract that he signed with the Mets as a free agent.
Cuddyer hit .277 for his career spanning 11 seasons with the Twins, three with the Rockies and one with the Mets. He hit 197 homers, and won the NL batting title in 2013 with Colorado.